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Lowell / Syringa: ISHS drops Lochsa Corridor nomination

My neighbor and friend, Scott Swearingen, identified the photo in last week’s article: It’s a stand-up weed puller. No instructions required. This morning my thermometer read 9 degrees! Sunshine during the day brings cold, cold nights this time of year.

January 16, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell /Syringa News: Arrests made for area crime sprees

A fire just off the Selway Road up Swiftwater Road burned Tom Kennedy’s house clear to the ground, nothing left but ashes, so say the neighbors. Two men, and perhaps more, have been arrested by the Idaho County Sheriff Department for a series of burglaries at the same time, in the same area. Sources say the men had been upriver from New Year’s Eve, Monday, until Wednesday of that week. The helicopter loggers came forward to add they had some vandalism at their job site, and a few local cabins were also broken into and burglarized. One close neighbor here in Lowell ran into several men and a woman at the dumpsters and said they were pretty rough.

January 9, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Cougar hunters out, crews active

Happy New Year from Lowell and Syringa! We have snow, and ice, and a bright year ahead. Everything up here is closed up tighter than a drum. As always, we have gone into hibernation. The cougar hunters are out and about, the logging crew is still active on Coolwater, ITD trucks are clearing Highway 12 each morning, and the eggnog is gone. Lots of events last year including Three Rivers Resort and Rafting under new ownership. It will open in a couple of months for a great 2019 season.

January 2, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Butterball it is for the Smith family

1,000 snowflakes fell from above in Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 11, and so begins the winter of 2018/2019. And then it stopped. The rivers are up, the helicopters are stacking logs off Coolwater Mountain every day now and the leaves have fallen. I’ll try to get information on the Lowell: Syringa EMT Christmas party in December and report back next week.

November 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Bugs are all around us

In the air there’s a feeling of fall. Also, there’s about 10 different species of bugs flying all about us. The regular, which includes flies, yellow jackets, bees, wasps, and horse flies, plus beetles, those black ones that smell like vanilla, the skinny brown ones with long antennas, and a few ladybugs. Then a new little white bug just showed up along with grasshoppers. The salmon fly is still here and not to mention the flying ant. My windowsills are pretty buggy right now, and it’s not a pretty sight!

October 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: U.S. Highway 12 project on hiatus until 2019

Breaking news: Highway 12 resurfacing project on hold until 2019, except maybe for turnouts. It snowed on Lolo Pass Sunday, so all surfacing stopped. They will be back. Got an e-mail from John Wolcott. Here’s what he said, “Hi Marie, I am a former Idaho ranch kid who lives in Astoria, Ore., now. We enjoy your column. The other tool in the picture [from last week’s column] is an emasculator used for castrating young bull calves.”

October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Kind callers at dinnertime

Football last week: Seahawks won, Kamiah won; Clearwater Valley won, that’s all good! In this little Lowell community with a permanent population of about 22 people, not counting summer second-home folks, it’s pretty quiet. I can count the incoming phone calls on one hand.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Checklist for fall

Officially, fall is here on Sunday, Sept. 23. I think it’s the first vernal equinox after the full moon, after the sun sets in the east, or whatever! Anyway, here’s my to-do list for the next few months: •Pick the pumpkins, put away patio furniture.

September 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Meetings to discuss Lochsa River Corridor

A letter was sent out recently to property owners simply stating, “you are cordially invited to attend two meetings,” regarding information on a new proposal for the Lochsa River Corridor from the Idaho State Historical Society. The first meeting is a summary of proposal with questions and answers. The second meeting is in Sandpoint will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. This will be for consideration for the review board. Short notice but to the point.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa: Wilkins suffers 100 stings

Donn Gibbs and Kelly Brooks stopped by my cabin to drop off some huckleberry cheesecake. Best neighbors ever, always out and about hiking, biking, picking mushrooms or berries, just loving life! Best part is they share! Chris Wilkins and his crew have been working on the roads up on the hill in Lowell. He ran into a hornet’s nest and got stung 100 times, almost like a cartoon but not funny.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Bikers wed in 100-degrees

Lots of weddings upriver this month. They had a big wedding at Syringa last weekend. ROW hosted a fabulous gala of events at River Dance Lodge, along the Clearwater River. Next weekend Three Rivers Resort is in the wedding business at the confluence of the Lochsa, Selway, and Clearwater, something about converging and joining two humans into one, I think! O’Hara Campground on the Selway had a biker wedding last Wednesday, 2 p.m. – it was 100 degrees!

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Bad news, good news

Bad news: Yellowjackets, bumblebees, fire ants, star thistle, prickly berry bushes, dusty gravel roads, highway construction, no campfires or barbecues, and sunburns! Good News: Baby deer spotted every morning, evening breezes, huckleberries are ripe, rivers are perfect for floating and fishing (wear your life jackets), no forest fires close by this year yet, watermelon and corn on the cob are perfect at every dinner!

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Last Upper Selway raft trip is ‘perfect’

Marty Smith and crew, with Three Rivers Rafting, including ace guides Hunt Paddison, Gary McKinney, Sara Sweeny, Gus, and Colin Hughes, finished their last Upper Selway trip of 2018. Landing at the takeout above Selway Falls they had stories of “the Perfect Trip!” Yes, it’s hot, but the rivers all around us are perfect for rafting, fishing, and fun. No smoke in the area so far, so the month of August begins on a good note. The area upriver has been busy with locals and travelers, and last weekend with a well-attended Kooskia Days, lots of folks showed up in Lowell and Syringa to enjoy their old stomping grounds. Everyone had a good time. So now we enjoy August and all that it brings. As I always say, nobody ran off with a trucker, no cougar attacks, no dead beavers floating down the river, and the huckleberries are ripe! Life is good!

August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell /Syringa News: Miss Martha turns Sweet 16

Miss Martha Smith, of Lowell, is turning sweet 16 this week. She is the best, working this summer at Idaho County Properties’ Kooskia office, and Three Rivers Resort. She’s a perfect little 5’ tall 120-pound granddaughter, full of spunk with a great attitude and bench presses ?? a lot (a member of the Kamiah gym.) Happy Birthday, dear Miss Martha!

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Road delays? Big deal! Enjoy the area around U.S. 12

The headlines in Lowell and Syringa this week is the construction starting up our way on Highway 12. Knife River Construction Company and Idaho Transportation Department are moving into our area. It’s been announced in the news and all the newspapers so we all know it’s happening, but just a local spin from this column today.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Perfect week on the river

Campers are headed up the Selway Road and Highway 12 to pick out their camp spots. The big 4th of July week (and I say week because the holiday falls on a Wednesday) will have come and gone before many read this. We will have had a busy week up river.

June 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Happy 100th to Martha Engledow! July 4 is big birthday

Martha Engledow was born on the Fourth of July, 1918. She will be 100 years old next Wednesday. She’s the best mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She’ll be up celebrating with her family in Lowell for a few weeks. All the Smiths and Engledows will gather to help her blow out 100 candles, but she probably will be able to blow them out herself! Happy Birthday Mom.

June 27, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Summer is on its way

Neighbors are all up and moved in for the summer, Donn and Kelly, Dave and Pat, and newly retired folks working on their ponds and yards!

June 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Area booming as summer gets started

The Mighty Lochsa is over 9 feet this morning, cold and fast and raging, the spring thaw is coming off the mountains. Biggest water in several years, and sure isn’t over yet. I can sit on my front porch, and with my trusty telescope I can see the gauge on the bridge that spans the river and goes up the Selway. The age-old gauge doesn’t lie, and those rivers are high.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Living on the easy street of retirement

From the hill above Lowell, I write this as a recently retired resort owner. I slept with a smile on my face last night and uninterrupted with no middle of the night cabins to rent. This morning I drank my coffee without one phone call coming in. I did a load of wash with only some socks and jeans of my own: not one single sheet, not one single towel, not even a stack of cleaning rags! I am on easy street right here in Lowell.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: ‘Short and sweet’

Sun and rain, short and sweet. And the news is the same. May 5, Cinco de Mayo, there’s a big raft trip next Saturday to celebrate Ray Kimble’s birthday on the river. The mighty Lochsa came up to six feet last Saturday; 18 brave guides got out there for a 22-mile run. They loved it!

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Denham, Grimm tie the knot along the river

The sun is out, and I will soon be out in it. But first some news flashes. A local wedding at Three Devils Campground last Saturday. Stan Denham and Neile Grimm tied the knot along the river, then had a reception dinner at Wilderness Inn. Friends and family stayed in the cabins here in Lowell and the big, log handmade kingsize beds were made by none other than Stan himself.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Boulders, shots fired, snow and an interview

Last week I had a brain freeze, the Ides of March set in and I didn’t beware, a big boulder on Highway 12 at milepost 116, a cougar sighting at Two Shadows, and early morning rapid fire coming from across the river – bapbapbapbap — a series of three times, very loud! Turkey hunters, I don’t know. Sounded really close.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Fish traps are set

We have sprung ahead and have an hour more sunshine for the Clearwater Valley High School track season. Mike Smith, Jr., of Lowell, is the head coach for the 2018 season with Lara Smith as assistant coach. They have a good turnout of students, as well as some much needed sunshine. First meet coming soon.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Snowplows stay busy

Eighteen inches of new snow on the ground, steelhead fishermen looking for a campground decided to step up and rent a cabin and state highway snowplows working all night on Sunday. That’s life upriver this last week.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: All is quiet on the Lowell-Syringa front

No writing about weather, just look out the window. No writing about hunting, nothing getting hunted. No writing about parties or meetings, that was zero at last count. Highway 12 is quiet, no Lifeflight this week in Lowell, not even a request for help with a flat tire out in front of my office, which usually happens once a week.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowelll / Syringa News: Rivers are a-rising; snow is falling at Lolo Pass

It rained for Groundhog Day, it rained for the Super Bowl (best one ever), it rained so hard the Mighty Lochsa River came up to 10,000 CFS and the remote Selway River is at 15,000 CFS. It rained on the steelhead fishermen, it rained on the cougar hunters, it rained on the college students going to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. Lolo pass got 15 inches of new snow.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Celebrating 73 years of life, 40 years of newspaper writing

Life Flight landed twice at the confluence this past week, coming in from Missoula low and fast. Once for a truck driver and once for a slip and fall, but that’s all the details I heard. Rented three cabins on the river last Saturday and Sunday. All of the guests were heading up the Lochsa to enjoy Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, so it must be accessible.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Idaho state snowplows are on duty

There’s not a lot of news to report up on the Lochsa in January. The beaver family at the confluence had two babies. What are baby beavers called? Pups maybe? The nights have been freezing and we have about two feet of hard-packed snow. The river didn’t freeze over yet this year. The state highway snowplows are on duty and get ahead of the ice on the roads each morning before the school bus.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: No fake news here

No fake news, everything is white, don’t need to dream about it, don’t need to wish for it, it’s everywhere: Lewiston, Kooskia, Lowell, Syringa, and Powell too! Up the Lochsa, up the Selway, and down along the Clearwater. Some locals just get out their boats and go fishing. A couple of guides for Three Rivers Rafting had a great day fishing on the Selway last week.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Here’s your Christmas ‘to do’ list

If you want to have a magical holiday season, here’s a “to do” list: First clean, then decorate your whole house, including a big live tree! Outside lights and decorations are also important; some lighted reindeer would be special. Shop ‘til you drop, include everybody, don’t forget the trash man and the bus driver. Make some homemade gifts in your shop or kitchen. Wrap like a pro, red, green, gold and silver! Did you remember to hang the stockings and the Christmas Village? Don’t forget the cat!

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: EMT party ‘best ever’

Did you know they have an advertisement this year for “hands free TV”? You can sit in your recliner, just say “Dr Phil”, and the TV will go on, and find Dr. Phil, and there you go! You don’t have to go to the trouble of picking up your remote and pressing a button, let alone actually stand up and press a button on the actual TV, nope those days are over. Life is getting easier, sure glad I’m still alive to see this wonderful invention.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: QRU party set for this Saturday, Dec. 2

Cyber Monday, Black Friday, fast life in the shopping lane goes by and we aren’t on it. On Friday I was too full to move, and I wasn’t about to leave the leftover pies unguarded. On Saturday it was football, football, football. Sunday it was cleanup and say goodbye to company, and Cyber Monday the Internet crashed. This country living isn’t always compatible with the modern living that goes on all around us.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Winter has come to Lowell/ Syringa

Cold has come to Lowell and Syringa, there’s frost on the pumpkins and you don’t have to hang your deer in the cooler, it’s just fine outside hanging from a tree. So is your elk. You can set your milk out on the back porch, but watch out for raccoons, and be sure your bathroom windows are shut before you go to bed!

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: River Dance is now in ‘winter mode’

At Syringa, Lorraine Smith is canning quince jelly and marmalade, Becky Jackson is cleaning up after coming home from hunting camp, which is harder than the actual hunting, and River Dance Lodge and Syringa Cafe are going into winter mode until early spring. In Lowell, the Ryan’s at Wilderness Inn have cut back hours to breakfast and lunch, just for a few more weeks, then they open one more night for the Lowell QRU Christmas party. Three Rivers Cabins are busy with the hunters for this late whitetail season.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa: Life is good in Lowell

Life in Lowell and Syringa in the fall of each year is good. The TV system is working for football, news, movies, and Dr. Phil. Internet is speedy for staying in touch with friends and family, holiday plans, hunting news, and Google. Even the telephone and electricity works on a regular basis. We can shop online, and get a speedy delivery. We can eat the healthy stuff out of our gardens, we can enjoy venison left over from last year making room in our freezers for this year’s meat. We scrounge to get our firewood stacked high and keep dry.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Memories of Halloween 1976

The first Halloween we spent in Lowell, 1976, the Smith brothers were all dressed and ready for trick or treating, one Superman and one pirate. It was 20 degrees that spooky night, pitch black at 5 p.m. I was a scary witch! We set out on foot up the Selway with orange bags to fill with candy and treats. Michael just turned 8, Marty was 6.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell QRU seeks volunteers; KREM 2 visits CVHS

There’s a nip in the air and the leaves are changing. The children in Lowell are picking out their Halloween costumes to be ready for the big day. KREM 2 and Tom’s Tailgate came to Clearwater Valley High School football game in Kooskia. Tom’s such a nice guy and it was a great experience for all the students and players. Speaking of football, Mike Smith Sr., Marty, Dani, and Max Smith all attended a Vandal game last week in Moscow. They had great seats and a great time, too!

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Wilderness Inn, Syringa Café still open

Fenn Ranger Station is getting a new roof, the IDF&G is putting a fish trap in at Pete King Creek, the USFS finishing up Lowell protection cut, and Terry Jackson has an REO Speed Wagon to add to his collection of trucks at Syringa. There’s no moss growing under our feet upriver! Pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, scarecrows, yellow leaves, massive amounts of overgrown zucchini, and apples ready to pick. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Fire crews are now headed home

The threat of fire is over for hopefully this year for Lowell; it’s three miles out and burning very slowly. News from the Coolwater Complex about the Andy’s Hump fire is that cooler weather has stopped that burn from causing concern for structures here at the confluence. They continue to watch and finish the planned protection. Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has approved a plan designed to improve forest health and reduce fuels. The Lowell WUI project (we pronounce woo-ee) will treat 166 acres on the district.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Town abuzz with fire trucks, crews

Helicopters are hovering overhead helping to control the Andy’s Hump Fire about three-one-half miles from the community of Lowell. Fire are crews everywhere and even an Idaho Sheriff Deputy on guard at the base of Coolwater Road to be sure only authorized vehicles admitted. At this time, the crews are clearing fire lines, cutting firebreaks and setting up sprinkler systems around structures, it is a major job without local areas so densely forested.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: The shop pack rat has been caught

Lots of nice folks came into town to make for a busy week. There’s a fire up Coolwater Road at the lookout, caused by lightning last Tuesday, not too big, they are letting it burn, but very hot! Is there any other kind? Smoke was very thick for the Labor Day weekend and folks were feeling its effects. Can’t go East because it’s worse in Montana, can’t go north, Canada is on fire (hot kind), and can’t go West, Washington had its own problems! So, we go south?? Not sure! Big wedding at River Dance Lodge in Syringa last Saturday, Donn Gibbs and Kelly Brooks had a birthday celebration in Lowell, Marty and Dani Smith had a party for their son, Max, who turned 4, and the bikers from Montana had a hullabaloo up the Selway, add on Barbecue Days in Kamiah, and CV varsity football in the Kibbie Dome, you have yourself one busy newsworthy week.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell /Syringa News: Coolwater Mountain takes on eclipse viewers

By the time this paper is printed the eclipse will be over, but I’ll know how to spell “eclipse” without having to use spell check! Many Lowell friends and families got together and met on top of Coolwater Mountain; Mike and Lara Smith and girls have friends visiting to be here for the eclipse. Kevin from NYC and Granger from Texas. Donn and Kelley from up on the Mountain, Richard and Sally, Frank and Faye, Becky, from Downtown Lowell. All met up on the mountain. Mike and Marie Smith watched it from the Selway Bridge! Once in a lifetime, how great is that! Ok it’s over, let’s go on with our lives!

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Smoke, huckleberries and bee stings

Here’s the news, and it ain’t all good! Smokey, really smokey, dusty because we haven’t seen a drop of rain for two months, even the blackberries are dusty, ripe, but dusty, hot hot hot, like record breaking hot, and the green green grass of home is yellow.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Not a drop of rain

Three guys, sitting around the campfire, one named Cash, one named Buck, and the third named Rich, does this reek of money: Cash, Buck, and Rich! Lowell is such a great little town! We are off the Lochsa and heading for the Upper Selway — five days going through the wilderness and coming out at Selway Falls, 20 miles above Lowell.

July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: ‘Dog days’ bring families in

Family reunions upriver, cousins, brothers, sisters, mom, dad, gramma, and gramps, too. They bring their dogs, they float the river, they roast marshmallows and barbecue steaks and hot dogs. They fish, they hike, they go out on their ATVs and horses; they are having a good time in Idaho.

July 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell /Syringa News: Summertime in Lowell

Hot, dusty, the rivers are starting to come down, only a few more weeks of whitewater, ATVs everywhere, motorcycles on their runs along Highway 12, campfires every evening; it’s summertime fun in Lowell!

July 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: She’s 99 years old and still at work

Two black helicopters flew upriver fast and low last weekend, about 25 feet above the Middlefork of the Clearwater and kept going east up the Lochsa. Loud, fast, and very low, scared us all for a few seconds. It happened so fast the photos I took were all blurry. I read that Secretary of Interior Zinke was in Montana last week, so maybe he was checking out Idaho as well.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Circus members take to the river

It’s like a circus around here, oh wait, we did have a circus around here! The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus members went rafting on the Lochsa with Marty and Dani Smith at Three Rivers Rafting. They also enjoyed the company of circus friends Mike and Lara Smith, of Lowell, and Jay and Kristin Stewart visiting the Smiths from Cape Cod.

June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowel / Syringa News: Couple ties proverbial knot at Syringa

Big wedding at Syringa last week. Lots of Kamiah Simmons and Beckmans all got together to celebrate the joining of Megan Beckman and Lucas Wooden, there at Jackson’s beautiful setting in Syringa. Becky Allen-Brotnov and Terry have worked to make it a paradise, just right for the perfect wedding. Or you can also land there during hunting season, before and after you go out and try to shoot something; either way it’s the best.

June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Perfect water level

Regular news is a busy, sunny, perfect Memorial Day weekend. Rafters had perfect level water (5-1/2 feet) and sunshine all three days. There were campfires going on in front of every cabin in the Lochsa Riverbank, marshmallows for the kids, cold beer for the adults, and barbecues everywhere.

May 31, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Guests make 3 Rivers life interesting

Kyle Petty had a spectacular event along Highway 12 last Sunday, Mother’s Day. It was a glorious run of motorcycles and support vehicles heading east in the sunshine! The communities of Lowell and Syringa came out along the highway to watch. Some hooting and hollering ensued!

May 17, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Is the water level too high in Paradise?

The Mighty Lochsa is raging, right at six feet this morning and all last weekend on the gauge crossing the base of the Lochsa River at the Selway River Road. It’s perfect for whitewater boaters, very fun rapids, everyone has a good time between four and six feet. Be ready, wear the proper gear, have some partners with you, try to stay in your boat!

May 10, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Just waiting on the sunshine

Alan and Mary Hamilton were up on the Lochsa last weekend with some friends from McCall, and the “Ladies on the Lochsa,” a group of kayakers from mostly Montana joined forces at Wilderness Gateway to get out on the river as well. Cloudy skies and rain all week. It’s just a way of life in Lowell! Too early to mow the lawn.

April 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Celebrating without electricity

My life in the Idaho wilderness Easter Sunday: Power out 23 1/2 hours, no phone, no Internet, no electric heaters, no coffee! The guy in Cabin No. 2 said his sleep apnea machine went out; the guy in No. 3 (Alan Hamilton from AIRE Boats) said he was fine, no problem, his dogs slept next to the propane heater; the couple in No. 4 from McCall said they were used to it; the bear hunters in No. 7 didn’t even realize power was out, left early, came in late to sleep and got two bears; the turkey hunters in No. 8 got a big turkey with an 11-inch beard which they cooked outside on the fire ring and didn’t miss electricity. Two gals in motel room came in and left without a drop of power and paid cash!

April 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Guides prepare for summer whitewater

Helicopters flying low overhead, white trucks carrying telephone poles, panel trucks and lift trucks, all upriver on a sunny Sunday replacing downed poles on the Selway River Road near Swiftwater Bridge. We had an “event” last week and a burst of wind took out about 50 trees. Could have been worse if closer to local homes up there, but at least it’s fixable: ICL&P to the rescue once again.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Wilderness Inn is now open for the season

Spring has sprung, the kayakers, catarafters, and rafters are all over it. They picked this last weekend to converge on the Mighty Lochsa. The level has gone up and down between seven feet at the highest so far, back down to five and one-half feet on Monday morning. With the Internet, it’s possible to get up-to-the-minute river flow at any given minute! I usually just ask Marty Smith, my go to for River info, it’s easier.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Slow week ...

The only live thing that came down my driveway this week besides wild turkeys was the mailman, Ralph Jackson “Junior”, and his co-pilot, Steve Pankey. They delivered this week amid snow, ice, mud, and even with fallen tree branches along the drive. Rocks in the road, small slides of mud, and even a pair of geese or two, they complete their appointed rounds right on time. With newspapers, bills, ads, personal letters, and even Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstake winners!

March 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Town shoveling out for … spring?

Not one word about weather. If you don’t hear from me next week, I’m buried in the snow under my satellite dish with a scraper in my cold frozen hands trying to get my Internet to come back on! “The Revenant” doesn’t have anything on me.

March 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell / Syringa News: Syringa to soon be alive with activity

The snow is melting. This week we’ve seen blue sky, and new grass on the field, a tulip blooming here and there, and even a few discarded beer cans have been exposed, (you didn’t think I was only going to report butterflies and rainbows did you!) The change is coming, as we get out and about up here along the river a lighter weight jacket is ok, our mud boots instead of our winter pac’s, and even wear just two layers of thermal shirts instead of three.

February 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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